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Hamilton confident on title chances
Lewis Hamilton has denied that his championship hopes are slipping away after being beaten comprehensively in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix by both Red Bull and Ferrari.
Hamilton has won just two races this season but consistent podium positions and a relative lack of mistakes means he leads the championship by 14 points heading into this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.
He has admitted at the last two races that his car is third fastest behind the Red Bulls and Ferraris, a trend that has been reflected in his most recent results. However, with the pecking order changing from circuit-to-circuit so far this season, Hamilton said he was not yet panicking about his position in the title chase.
"I don't feel [the championship] is falling away from us," he told reporters at the Hungaroring. "I take it race-by-race and try to get as many points as I can. I'm pushing as hard as I can."
He also issued a rallying call to his team to improve the car and claw back the performance deficit to the front runners.
"Of course if we continue for the rest of the season and we are one second behind then inevitably it will be very hard for us to win the championship," Hamilton added. "My determination is as high as it can be and it's the same for Jenson [Button] and Martin [Whitmarsh] and everyone in the team. We want to win the championship and we are doing everything in our power to win it."
In the meantime he said he would just focus on scoring the maximum points at each race.
"You don't really think about the championship until the moment that it really, really matters - when you are just about to win or you are just about to lose it," he said. "It has always been my approach. I don't think about the critical result and how that affects the championship."